Inspiration

Be Sure to Recognize the Lessons When They Come

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Suffering is our best teacher, because it hangs onto us and keeps

us in its grip until we have learnt that particular lesson. Only then
does suffering let go. If we haven’t learnt our lesson, we can be
quite sure that the same lesson is going to come again, because
life is nothing but an adult education class: if we don’t pass in any of
the subjects, we just have to sit the examination again. Whatever
lesson we have missed, we will get it again. That is why we find

ourselves reacting to similar situations in similar ways many times.

—Ayya Khema

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Thy Holy Will

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My Saviour!
I cheerfully accept all the painful dispositions
in which it is Thy pleasure to place me.
My wish is in all things to conform myself to Thy holy will.
Whenever I kiss Thy cross, it is to show that I submit perfectly to

mine. Amen.

—St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

To Help Just One Person

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Sometimes I feel overwhelmed
but I try to work one day at a time.
If we just worry about the big picture,
we are powerless.
So my secret is to start right away doing
whatever little work I can do.
I try to give joy to one person in the morning,
and remove the suffering of one person in the afternoon.
That’s enough.
When you see you can do that, you continue,
and you give two little joys,
and you remove two little sufferings,
then three, and then four.

If you and your friends do not despise the small work,
a million people will remove a lot of suffering.

That is the secret. Start right now.

—Chân Không

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

My Blessing Goes with You

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When the storms of life are strong
When you’re wounded, when you don’t belong

When you no longer hear my song
My blessing goes with you

—From “The Blessing,” by B. Graham/D. Downes, performed by Celtic Woman

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Soar

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When you are in trouble, you need to put all your energies into
thinking that there is a way out. Then, the bottom, the dark hole,
becomes just a springboard from which you can leap so high that

your head might hit a cloud.

—Fatema Mernissi

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

The Virtue of Patience

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Dear Jesus, you know intimately the challenges
that I face in showing patience toward the people
you have put in my life.
I have failed so often to bear with others in love.
Forgive me. Thank you, dear Savior, for paying
in full the price for these failures.
Thank you for your life of perfect patience, lived in my place.

Give me strength today to reflect your patience to others. Amen.

—Mollie Schairer

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

The Wisdom of Forgiving Others

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Forgiveness is not always easy.
At times, it feels more painful
than the wound we suffered,
to forgive the one that inflicted it.
And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.

—Marianne Williamson

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

The Buddha’s Guide to Happiness

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When Buddha spoke about suffering,
he meant that we have unsatisfactory experiences.
Even the happiness we have does not last forever,
and that situation is unsatisfactory.
The causes of our problems lie not
in the external environment and those inhabiting it,
but in our own mind.
The disturbing attitudes and negative emotions,
such as clinging attachment, anger, and ignorance,

are the real source of our unhappiness.

—Thubten Chodron

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

A Call for Justice for the World

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Admirable St. Dymphna, how just you were to all whom you
encountered, and how careful you were to give every person his
due, and more than he might desire or expect. By your power with
God, please come to assist us to be just to all we meet, and even to
be generous in giving everyone more than strict justice requires.

Amen.

—Catholic Liturgy

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

The Present Moment Prayer

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My God, when I look into the future, I am frightened,
But why plunge into the future?
Only the present moment is precious to me,
As the future may never enter my soul at all.
It is no longer in my power to change, correct, or add to the past;
For neither sages nor prophets could do that.
And so what the past has embraced, I must entrust to God.

O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of Your omnipotence.
And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering You each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater Glory.

—St. Faustina

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.